Way back in issues 1 and 2, this article helped shape the future for the magazine as a technical resource for grass roots motor sport participants. It is still relevant today, though there are now newer tools and methods of thread repair available to the home user.
We have all done it; any of us that have ever picked up a spanner and tried to work on these infernal contraptions of ours. Often it happens at the start of a job, that last manifold bolt we leave because it looks rustier or more difficult to get to than all the rest. Usually though, it’s the last bolt on the job we have left to tighten before we can kick it in the guts and revel in our technical brilliance. It starts with that horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as the bolt tightens then goes slack again. It ends in a string of curse words that fly across the engine bay milliseconds before being followed by a spanner and half a bolt.
For some time there has been a zany racing series in the USA called The 24 Hours of LeMons, where a grid of drivers in rubbish cars compete in a series of races for obscure prizes. Like the Variety Bash challenges, it seems to be more about the fun than any desperate need to win.
And now, they have landed here with the first race being at Wakefield Park on 27th of October 2015.
Australia was the first in the world in 1979 in one aspect of motorsport technology – the televised in car camera footage. Back then one Peter Williamson in a Toyota Celica was willing to carry the 70kg (yes really 70kg) of camera, battery and transmitting equipment around in his car. Of course all the fast runners with a chance of winning were NEVER going to accept the weight penalty for some TV coverage … my how times have changed!
Here’s something interesting that we came across the other day. A company in Leesburg, Virginia called Piper Motorsport are installing a mid 80’s Mercedes-Benz 190E body on a late model C63 AMG platform. As yet, we have no idea if it is to be a dedicated racing car, or just a cool streeter
The internet is full of wonderful sometimes.
This is a creation by Mike Moore and is used for track days and sprints. It runs an L98 with a Jerico and Winters quick change rear end. It runs a Quick Fuel carburetor, dry-sump oil system, modified cam, and pumps out roughly 600hp. All this in an 1100kg car.
Tony Knight from Knight Engines in Adelaide has posted up some amazing things over the years, including reworking a 24L V12 tank engine and countless alloy V8 porting jobs.
His current work is a Datsun cylinder head for a competition engine. He has welded up most of the combustion chamber, ported it and has even moved the entire head across the block 2mm!
Starting with an open chamber U67 L20B casting – it doesn’t really matter which head I started with as long as it is a big port one, you’ll see why in a sec.
Aiming to make a really, really powerful 2L datto:
Got it all stripped down, seat inserts & guides out back to a bare alloy casting, then out with the TIG welder & spend a couple of hours making rods disappear”
Tony also commented on his willingness to share his experience with the broader automotive community:
“I have an accutig 300 – 300A capable & 100% duty cycle with water cooled torch etc.
Depending on the area I was using between 130 – 220A, it could be done with a 200A machine, but only just. The chamber design will be the secret squirrel stuff, but I’ll post it up anyway, along with an explanation of how/why it works.
I’ve drawn from the knowledge of others on many occasions, you can’t learn all this stuff on your own, there is far more than a lifetimes knowledge to obtain – may as well pass on what I can. I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of guys like Peter Schaeffer, Peter Michaels, Bill Hanson, Bob Sherry etc.
Nor would I be here without the information posted online by yanks like Darin Morgan, Chad Spiers etc.
I’m just passing it forward, just like they did, it’s only fair”
Well, this is counter-intuitive, but the Devil is in the detail.
Nissan has unveiled the Le Mans special GTR; the GTR-LM. A front-engined, front wheel drive car that is powered by a 3-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine.
They are also using a kinetic energy recovery system of an (as yet) undefined specification.
From Top Door Slammer to Ferrari F458 GT3
Words: Neil Roshier Action Images: Howard Shearing
So what does a drag racer who runs a top Doorslammer in the ANDRA series do when he wants to go circuit racing? … He buys a brand new Ferrari F458 GT3 racing car of course!
Here’s an excellent article we came across on the web, written by the legendary David Vizard. Cylinder head porting is a dark art understood by very few, and those that do rarely share their knowledge. To make things harder, the things that work are often counter-intuitive.